Norfolk and Somerset artisans sign up for Cybake

Pye Baker and Taylors Traditional Bakers are the latest firms to sign up for Cybake. Pye Baker is the brainchild of John Watt, who goes by the nickname of the town he was born in – Grimsby. Originally a chef in some of London’s top restaurants, he moved to Norwich to open a hotel, fell in love with the area and established Pye Baker in 2008 to … [Read more...]

Local food for local people? You may be exempt from FIR phase two

Did you know that if you are small enough and operate locally enough, you might be completely exempt from FIR phase 2’s requirements to provide nutritional information on your labels and packaging? The food trade media appears not to have picked up on this and we don’t expect other vendors in this area to shout it from the rooftops. However, on … [Read more...]

IBIE 2016: Beer and loaving in Las Vegas

The International Baking Industry Exposition earlier this month was a lively, friendly affair. Although it didn’t match the enormity of last year’s IBA in Munich (which had over 70,000 visitors), IBIE 2016 saw 23,000 industry-types pack into the Las Vegas Convention Centre. This was a near 10% increase on the last time the triennial conference … [Read more...]

Action-packed conference shows why BSB is a winner

It was an absolute pleasure to attend the British Society of Baking's autumn conference last week. The RedBlack Software/Cybake connection to this venerable institution came after our managing director Jane Tyler was invited to join the BSB's executive committee in January, 2015. She was the first person from the I.T. industry to be invited to … [Read more...]

Nutrition labelling – will you beat the FIR phase 2 deadline?

Compliance. Don’t you just love it? Thought so. In which case, you’ll know that phase two of the Food Information Regulations comes into effect on December 13. Cue piles of paperwork, loads of cross-referencing and many extra hours of hard grind, especially for owner-operators and QA/technical managers. But it doesn’t have to be this way. If you … [Read more...]

Three more family firms choose Cybake

Three more notable family firms are installing Cybake solutions: Maclean's Highland Bakery, Fullers Bakery and Julia's Cakes. Maclean's Highland Bakery is a fourth generation business that sells its famous shortbread, oatcakes and biscuits around the world. Originally from the Western Isles, the company is headquartered in Forres, centrally … [Read more...]

How to get a grip of your purchase orders

Cybake's Robert McIlroy explains how bakeries can save an extra 4% on ingredient purchases. Have you got a proper grip of your purchasing? Are you sure that you are paying the best price for all your ingredients? Do you really have complete control over your purchase orders? If the answer to the above is anywhere between “not really” and “not … [Read more...]

Find out why our sales-based waste-reduction app has hit the headlines

Our predictive sales-based ordering solution Cybake Instore has made the news as M&S rolls it out to all 534 UK in-store bakeries. Cybake Instore cuts waste and increases revenue by guiding staff to make the best combination of products at the right times of the day. As well as M&S, we are currently implementing Instore at some of the … [Read more...]

Jane Tyler’s blog – CBA conference report

It was great to meet old friends and new at last month’s CBA conference in Manchester. New friends included Beth Fahey, president of the Retail Bakers of America and John Unrein, executive editor of the U.S. trade magazines Bake and InStore. Both offered excellent insights into the North American bakery market in a great presentation to … [Read more...]